The Danger Of A Single Story By Chimamanda Ngozi

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In her TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared her personal experiences on how the stereotypes that are presented in the literature towards people from other cultures would actually be misleading to the readers and have negative influence on their cross-cultural communication. The danger of a single story lies not so much in lacking of knowledge or understanding of people from other culture, but rather in people’s leaving no room and possibilities for themselves to accept the facts that are different from the stereotype they have in their mind about other people, and to communicate and build up connections with others as human equals.
Chimamanda also talked about how telling a single story can be actually related to power relations between the storyteller and the protagonist of his/her stories as “power is the ability to tell the story of another person as if it is the definitive story of that person”. In Orientalism, the author also proposed the similar thoughts about the artificiality of power relation that “it is not an inert fact of nature. It is not merely there, just as the Occident itself is not just there either. …men make their own history, that what they can know is what they have made…” (Said, 2003, p.4-p.5). This reminds me of the discussion about whether or not the stories of the people from the seemingly disadvantaged minority groups should be told in literature that some participants brought up after Kai’s facilitation. I
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